Mark Zuckerberg distances Facebook from Twitter

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg took pains to distance his company from Twitter and its fight with US President Donald Trump on Thursday, as the White House moved to scrap a law protecting social media companies. “We have a different policy I think than Twitter on this,” Zuckerberg told Fox News, Trump’s preferred broadcaster.

Both sites take down content that violates their terms of service, but Facebook’s approach, he said, has “distinguished us from some of the other tech companies in terms of being stronger on free expression and giving people a voice”.

While Facebook does apply labels to misleading posts, it exempts from review posts by politicians, a decision that some lawmakers and presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden say helps lies to flourish online. Unlike Twitter, Facebook outsources its fact checking to media partners and says it takes no stance itself.


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